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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Tips and Gadgets thread
« on: May 21, 2017, 03:40:10 AM »
I direct my chiller water into my pool.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 12, 2017, 04:34:00 AM »
Since I live in Canada, yea, getting fresh yeast is hard to do. I don't mind a month or 2 but 114 days? Should of got a discount. It would be nice to make Wyeast in Canada.

General Homebrew Discussion / Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:29:01 AM »
Since I live around 2 hours from Toronto and have no lhbs, this is the downside of online ordering. Yes, they have everything I want, but there is a downside of fresh yeast. I just received my yeast ( Wyeast 1335 II ) from one of my frequent homebrew shops that I order from. Manufactured Jan 15 - 2017. That makes it 114 days old. 100 billion cells? Yea, far from it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting Fridge question
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:35:01 AM »
39 F here in Canada. I had to turn on a wall heater because it was too cold. I ferment in my basement and it was 59 F. It's May isn't it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Used Bru'n Water For the First Time
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:08:51 AM »
I cleared up my blonde ale and carbed it up. It is a very clean but kind of bland. My water profile was " yellow balanced ". I want more flavour. Do I just use more hops and some specialty malts, or try another water profile. I am new to this, so I don't know what any other water profile to choose. I am going to make a Pilsner soon and want to to be hoppy and malty. Other than this very minor problem, Bru'n Water is a great program and I should of used it a long time ago. Thanks Martin.



Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Infection in 5 Years
« on: March 22, 2017, 03:49:20 AM »
My ESB went south last December. I really wanted it for Christmas. My last one was back in 2012. Stunk my basement up when I dumped it for hours. Whew!! I seem to get a bad one every 5 years or so.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Disasters
« on: February 09, 2017, 05:55:49 AM »
I boiled my yeast starter in my 1 L flask on my stove many years ago. I didn't let it cool down enough before I added it to the sink with ice cubes. It cracked in the sink and that was the end of that flask and the yeast. I only boil in ss pots now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation for nitro
« on: January 29, 2017, 06:31:05 AM »
I carb with CO2 @ 5 psi for a few days and then push with Nitro at around 22 - 25 psi. I used to just use Nitro for a few days @ 30 psi but the nitro tank emptied too fast. This seems to work out okay.

I don't like sour or brett beers at all. I am still an old school brewer ( since 1979 ). I only brew stouts, porters, bitters, etc. I live in Canada and 12 packs of Craft beer are around $26.00. Six packs are around $14.00. That is the #1 reason I homebrew. #2 is I love to brew beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration Date Dry Yeast
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:16:37 AM »
I have an un-opened 500 g brick of Maruibrew 514, best before says June 2014. I plan on doing some higher gravity one gallon brews after Christmas. Kind of nervous about using it, I got it for free though. I am thinking on using double the amount I would normally use for a 1.080 triple. Should I rehydrate it first?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: December 19, 2016, 06:12:26 AM »
My resolution is to make as much beer as I can during the winter and summer months due to a very busy summer coming up.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand London ESB Premium Yeast
« on: November 26, 2016, 04:17:48 AM »
What if I used some Amylase Enzyme to get it to attenuate further?

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Brewing
« on: November 03, 2016, 03:46:24 PM »
I use Barkeepers Friend and either a white or blue scrubbie on my elements and that seems to work fine. However, clean it on brew day, not a week later like I did, way more scrubbing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: October 24, 2016, 04:59:01 AM »
I have a box of 15 year old BYO magazines. I will probably give them away to a new homebrewer. Even though they are a bit dated, the recipes are still sound in my opinion. In fact, I still brew the same recipes. I guess I am old school/stubborn old fart.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: October 01, 2016, 05:00:11 AM »
I live in Canada and I think it is just the opposite. Our economy isn't that great at the moment and everything is expensive, especially beer. Good craft beer goes for around $14.00 a six pack, mega s*** for around $11. I brew to save money and the savings are incredible compared to store bought. There is so much beginner equipment out there to get you started, so what's stopping you? Even if you happen to have a job and are busy working, you can make great beer on a simple system which I bought in 1980 and still use in my kitchen occasionally.

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